Jennie Lesher, of Mora, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at St. Claire’s Living Community in Mora. She was 88 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2 at New Hope Christian Reform Church in Ogilvie with Rev. Bob DeYoung officiating.
VISITATION will be Tuesday, April 1 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora, plus one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.
Jennie Lesher, of Mora, died March 27, 2014 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora. She was 88 years old.
Jennie was born on November 8th, 1925 in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota to Holland immigrants, Ben and Jennie Miedema. Dutch was spoken at home, but she quickly learned English as she attended rural schools nearby. In 1937 her family moved to Ogilvie and in 1940 they moved to a farm in Ann Lake Township. She graduated from Ogilvie High School in 1944. She married Harlo Lesher in 1945 and they had four children: Patricia Oosterhuis, Janie Richardson, Louie Blum, and Mike Lesher.
She devoted twenty years to raising her children and being a homemaker before returning to the work force. In 1966, she began the job that she loved; working as a secretary and bookkeeper for Ogilvie School until she retired in 1991. She enjoyed watching the kids grow, and remarked, “They came in timid and shy as kindergartners and left confident and intelligent young men and women.” After retiring she dedicated herself to volunteering at the Seven County Senior Federation in Mora. In recognition of her volunteer work, she was named Kanabec County’s Outstanding Senior Citizen Volunteer in 2013.
Faith was very important to Jennie. She was a lifetime, dedicated member of the Christian Reformed Church in Ogilvie, where she had served as a Sunday school teacher, bookkeeper, and treasurer. Her strong faith helped her through tragedies in life, including the deaths of her husband Harlo; her daughter Patricia; and a newborn son.
Family and friends were foremost in her life. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many. Those who knew Jennie knew that she was always on the go and very active in the community. She also enjoyed nature, particularly feeding and watching birds. A life-long lover of words, she enjoyed crosswords, scrabble, and game shows. She took pleasure in baking, and was well known for her rice-pudding. Jennie loved life on the farm where she lived until moving into the assisted living facility at the St. Clare Living Community. Her last two years were spent in long-term care.
Jennie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harlo; daughter Patricia; a newborn son, and brother Willie. She is survived by children: Janie (Bob) Richardson, Louie (David )Blum, and Mike (Julie) Lesher; grandchildren: Doug Oosterhuis, David (Phoebe) Oosterhuis, Chris (Brooke) Blum, Kelsey Blum, Mary Lesher, and Patrick Lesher; great-granddaughter Sabrina Oosterhuis; sisters: Florence (Willard) Rask, Clara DeVries, Sylvia (Gerrit) Bos, Laverne (Dwaine) McKinnon, Wilma (Steve) Radsom; sister-in-law Anna Mae Miedema and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to American Cancer Society, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or Angelman’s Syndrome Foundation.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 1 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at New Hope Christian Reformed Church in Ogilvie with Rev. Bob DeYoung officiating. Music will be provided by Jacki Peterson and Mike Nelson. Casket Bearers are Jennie’s grandchildren. Interment at Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.